Sunday 24 June 2018

Drug dealer Charlie 'the Walrus' O'Neill dies suddenly at home

Charlie O’Neill was found dead
Charlie O’Neill was found dead

Laura Larkin and Ken Foy

Well-known drug dealer Charlie 'The Walrus' O'Neill has been found dead in his Ballymun home.

The 53-year-old, who is believed to have died suddenly, was discovered by a member of his family.

His death was not being treated as suspicious by gardai.

It is understood that O'Neill was still involved in low-level drug dealing right up until hours before his sudden death.

One source revealed that the dealer was spotted cycling around Ballymun on Monday night.

"He was going around the place on his bike selling tablets, just like he had been for years," a source said.

"O'Neill's death will not be mourned by many in the Ballymun and Finglas areas," a source said.

O'Neill, from Balcurris Road in Ballymun, had a number of previous convictions including for drug offences. He had regularly been targeted by drugs officers in Ballymun and Finglas.

"There would have been a policy of searching this fella on the sight - he had been living in various apartments in Finglas, but was back living in Ballymun in recent years," said a senior source.

"He was well known for having an explosive temper and had been involved in multiple rows - he always goes around the place on a push bike," the source added.


Gardai and paramedics attended the scene in the Sillogue Park area of Ballymun yesterday morning.

In 2013 O'Neill survived a botched murder attempt when the would-be hitman blasted himself in the leg with a sawn-off shotgun before shooting O'Neill in the stomach.

During the bizarre incident, which unfolded on Glasnevin Avenue, the gunman shot himself when trying to remove the gun from his tracksuit. Both men were rushed to hospital for treatment for their injuries.

O'Neill has a string of some 20 convictions.

In 2007 he was given a four-year suspended jail term, his most serious conviction, for threatening to kill his estranged wife Barbara at her home.

He then led gardai on a high-speed car chase with his seven-year-old son in the back seat.

The court heard that he picked up a knife in his wife's kitchen during a 2005 argument and told her: "I'll put this in your head."

He was also banned from driving for a year and ordered to perform 100 hours community service.

O'Neill was also said to be the inspiration for the Aslan 1994 song 'Goodbye Charlie Moonhead', as some members of the band grew up with him in Ballymun and Finglas.

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